The loneliness of social isolation can affect your brain and raise dementia risk in older adults

The social isolation older adults are experiencing as they try to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic is raising new mental health risks, but people can take steps to protect themselves.

Martin J. Sliwinski, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Director of the Center for Healthy Aging, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic aging elderly isolation seniors touch social-isolation living-longer-2020 living-longer cognitive-decline living-alone

Artificial brain gives robot the smarts for complex tasks

Researchers gave a new robot a "brain", human-like "skin," and vision sensors. The result? A much smarter robot.

National University of Singapore • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence robots brains touch sensors biomimicry science-and-technology

Robotic hand uses soft touch to grip and grab

A new robotic hand may offer just the right touch for automated packaging, medical applications, and picking fruit.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
July 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: robots touch science-and-technology hands

Slow touches make Venus flytraps snap shut

Venus flytraps can not only snap shut when a fly or spider tickles their hairs, but also when slower prey trigger them, research finds.

U. Zurich • futurity
July 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: insects plants touch science-and-technology predators

Genes may explain why some people love to hug

Twins show that genes play a significant role in how affectionate women are, but not guys. Plus, tips for how huggers can get through social distancing.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: gender genes twins touch featured society-and-culture social-lives

How doctors' fears of getting COVID-19 can mean losing the healing power of touch: One physician's story

A give-and-take between patient and provider is essential to patient care. As the COVID-19 pandemic ushers in a new era of medicine, one doctor wonders if this connection will be lost.

Liza Buchbinder, Internal Medicine Physician and Anthropologist, UCLA Health, University of California, Los Angeles • conversation
June 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus health-care hospitals touch doctors covid-19-front-lines

New VR tech simulates touching walls and other stuff

Virtual reality is great at taking users on a visual journey. But it's not so good for simulating touching objects. A new device could change that.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
April 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: virtual-reality touch senses featured science-and-technology

Your skin computes info from touch

Your skin is smarter than it may seem. Rather than just gather data on touch, skin actually helps process that information, researchers say.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
April 16, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: skin brains touch senses science-and-technology

Coronavirus is accelerating a culture of no touching – here's why that's a problem

Touch is essential to wellbeing, so we must make an effort not to associate it with negative feelings once the corona outbreak is over.

Cathrine Jansson-Boyd, Reader in Consumer Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University • conversation
March 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  psychology  2019-ncov  coronavirus-2020  new-coronavirus  touch

How to actually stop touching your face

Not touching your face is a simple way to protect yourself from COVID-19, but it's not easy. Here's how to break the habit.

Caitlin Clark-Texas AM • futurity
March 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 viruses touch faces featured health-and-medicine

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